Tunisia and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Friday to manage the legal flow of Tunisian immigrants to Italy.
The agreement provides for an annual quota of 4,000 non-seasonal residence permits over a three-year period for Tunisian workers in Italy.
On this occasion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Nabil Ammar held a working session with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Antonio Tajani and the ministerial delegation accompanying him, including Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forests Francesco Lollobrigida, Minister of Labour and Social Policies Marina Elvira Calderone and a high-level technical mission.
The Italian side is in Tunisia for “political consultations” and to cement a “bilateral partnership” in the fields of labor and food safety, says a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Both parties discussed the issue of irregular migration and ways of dealing with it as part of a comprehensive approach aimed at encouraging legal migration, curbing irregular migration, combating human trafficking, and enabling young Tunisians to access employment opportunities in Italy.